In many types of machinery, there is often a need to convert rotational to linear motion. Oftentimes, this could be accomplished by employing commercially available linear actuators.
There are numerous manufacturers that can provide complete linear actuator systems in different configurations and capabilities. But even the highest-end linear actuator systems may not meet your requirements without a robust underlying design and proper installation.
This is where a contract manufacturer with experience integrating linear actuators, like PEKO, can provide the engineering and assembly expertise needed to achieve your goals for linear motion.
What is a Linear Actuator?
A linear actuator is a device that converts the rotational motion of an AC or DC motor into linear motion. There is typically a body or housing, a guided table or mount to attach a load, and a drive system (a screw or belt is most common). The motor is connected to a lead screw or belt pulley to move the guided load.
A linear actuator could also be packaged as a rod style, similar to (and often a direct replacement for) a hydraulic/pneumatic cylinder. These most often use a lead screw to drive the rod. Linear actuators commonly use electronic limit switches to detect end-of-stroke conditions. This prevents the unit from jamming and can be used to prevent damage to your load.
Factors to Consider When Selecting
There are many different types of linear actuators available on the market. The type of linear actuator that you choose will depend on your application requirements. Some factors that you will need to consider include the maximum load capacity, the stroke length, the precision, and the type of moto (e.g., servo, stepper, AC, or DC).
Linear Actuator Integration at PEKO
When selecting a linear actuator, it is important to work with a reputable contract manufacturing firm. A good supplier will be able to help you select the right linear actuator for your application. PEKO works with numerous suppliers of linear actuators and has extensive experience integrating linear actuators into equipment.
Some brands we are familiar with are:
- Parker Hannifin
- And many more…
If your machinery, equipment, or assembly requires linear actuator integration, look no further than PEKO. Submit your project details with one of our experts today!